Anne Arundel County DPW To Residents: Don’t Let FOG Clog Our Holiday Flow


With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about what we put down our sink drains. No matter how you plan to celebrate the holiday season, let’s work together to protect our county’s pipes. While we have to continue to be mindful of our social distance, we can still come together to support our environment and our public works team’s effort to maintain an efficient and reliable sewer system.

It goes without saying that most American holiday meals involve a glut of fats, oils and grease (also called FOG by some). But what happens after we fill our bellies and look to discard the FOG? We pour it down the drain and it makes its way into our community pipes. Even a little bit of FOG disposed of incorrectly can cause issues. Over time, these fats, oils and grease cause blockage in sewer lines by building up and restricting the wastewater flow. FOG clogs cause sewer overflows, sending unhealthy wastewater into our community environment and leading to increased maintenance costs at pumping stations.

Don’t worry, we can all do our part to help avoid pipe blockages by properly disposing of fats, oils and grease from your holiday feasts or any other time of the year, for that matter, by following these simple steps:

  1. Pour FOG into a container, preferably a can of some sort.

  2. Cover the FOG until it thickens and becomes a solid (contact DPW for a free FOG lid).

  3. Toss the covered container in the garbage.

Watch the fun video below to see this in action and share it with your friends, family and neighbors!

Each day, the team at Anne Arundel County DPW works tirelessly to provide high-quality services that will enhance the lives of residents and encourage the community to take small steps to help support its mission. On behalf of the team, we are thankful for all your support.

For more easy tips on how you can help maintain our beautiful community, say hello!

Assigned to the Bureau of Utility Operations, Splash is the first in a family of AACDPW guides working with you to keep Anne Arundel County a fantastic place to live, work and, of course, play.


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